When thinking about buying property in London, it’s fair to say that trees are probably quite low on the agenda. With factors such as convenient commuter rail links, access to good schools and investment potential weighing heavily on buyers’ minds, the importance of trees can easily be overlooked. However, they have a key role to play, not only in helping to protect the city’s ecosystem but also in boosting the value of a property and its local area.
Trees and their importance for properties In Hayes
Harry Singh, estate agent at the Hayes office often reminds potential purchasers who are looking to buy property in Hayes about the benefits of trees for the environment and for their own investment. “Around 60% of the trees in the London area are privately owned” he says “but homeowners are often unaware of the key role they play in protecting the natural environment. By helping to remove air pollution, capture carbon and intercept rainwater, they have a positive impact in terms of eco-friendliness that cannot be underestimated. However, there are many other advantages of trees that should not be overlooked by anyone who is ready to invest in property in Hayes, not only in terms of improving the appearance of the area, but also by increasing the value of their investment.”
Increasing the value of your London property
While many people who are looking to buy property in Hayes have concerns about the responsibility of maintaining trees, let alone the associated costs, they often fail to realise that their investment could be adding considerable value to their home. In fact, experts in the property industry have worked out that trees can potentially add thousands to the value of houses in Hayes, even when the cost of maintaining those trees are taken into account. Market evidence has shown that up to 500% of the amount spent on pruning and caring for mature trees could be added to the value of the property, meaning that if £500 is spent on maintenance, the home could see a potential increase in its value of up to £2,500. This is clearly something that is sure to interest any buyer who is keen to boost their investment in the London property market.
Why buy property in Hayes with trees?
Of course, the benefits of trees are not purely financial. As well as having a positive environmental impact in terms of reducing pollution and lowering carbon emissions, mature trees make Hayes a more attractive and pleasant place to live. By increasing the amount of wildlife that is attracted to the area, they improve the quality of life for all of the residents. It is partially thanks to trees that Hayes is well known for its beautiful green spaces, and this has led to a general increase in the property prices for the entire suburb.